Bringing Research and Business Together for Colorado

Why Colorado?

Colorado provides an ideal climate for innovation with its scientific and research assets, well-educated and highly skilled workforce, collaborative business climate, convenient location, and inspirational quality of life.

The state has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research, and engineering facilities in the nation including 24 federally funded research facilities and top ranked universities including the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and University of Colorado Boulder.

Colorado has the second most highly educated population (US Census Bureau), third highest concentration of high tech employment (Tech America), and eighth highest concentration of science and engineering doctorate holders (National Science Foundation) in the nation.  The state attracts young technical and scientific workers who are interested in opportunities in emerging industries including aerospace, bioscience, energy, and information technology, and is one of the top creative class states (Atlantic Cities).

Private, public, and academic organizations including the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN), Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), CO-LABS, and many others collaborate to encourage the exchange of information and ideas, support innovation, and help stimulate economic growth.  Colorado is ranked the second best state for entrepreneurship and innovation (US Chamber), third best state for economic competitiveness (Beacon Hill Institute), and fifth best state to do business (CNBC). The state ranks third in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and the U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced it will locate one of four new United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) satellite offices in Denver.

Located in the center of the country, Colorado is easily accessible from both coasts. Being in the Mountain time zone makes same business day communication possible with both coasts, Europe, South America, and Asia.  Denver International Airport, the nation’s fifth and world’s tenth busiest airport provides nonstop service to more than 170 domestic and international destinations.

Colorado gets over 300 days of sunshine a year and is consistently ranked in the nation’s top places to live, offering a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.  

To learn more about the opportunities in Colorado, check out our section on How To Connect, or contact our Co-Labs Partners: